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El Paso Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Patrick Crusius entered the plea during his first appearance before a trial judge. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.

In this Aug. 3, 2019, file photo U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers gather near the scene of the shooting in El Paso.

A 21-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to capital murder in the fatal shooting of 22 people at an El Paso Walmart store on Aug. 3.

This undated file image provided by the FBI shows Patrick Crusius.

Patrick Crusius entered the plea Thursday during his first appearance before a trial judge in El Paso. Police have said Crusius confessed to targeting Mexicans in the attack perpetrated in the largely Latino border city.

Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for Crusius.

Most of those killed in the shooting had Hispanic last names and eight were Mexican nationals. The Department of Justice has called it an act of domestic terrorism.

Some two-dozen people were injured in the attack. Hospital officials say two of them remain hospitalized.

The attack came hours before another mass shooting that killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio.

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